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Lydney so close to National Three title

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

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PROMOTION is just round the corner for Lydney ahead of the visit of an Avonmouth Old Boys side who slipped into the bottom two last weekend (3pm), writes Richard Joyce.

Lydney are 19 points clear of Redingensians at the top of National Three South West and are inching ever closer to a return to National League Two South.

But despite the lowly position of this weekend’s visitors to Regentsholme, head coach Duncan Bell is far from underestimating Saturday’s opposition as his side chase a 20th win of the campaign.

He said: “I don’t think their position is relevant.

“They’ve got good half backs and a good back row player as well. They will be a well-drilled side.”

High-flying Lydney may have notched up their 19th win last weekend but that didn’t stop Bell from administering a few necessary words after last weekend’s 25-11 win over Bracknell.

The former England and Bath prop saw his side go into half-time in their top of the table clash last Saturday in the lead.

However, that didn’t stop Bell, who recently signed for RaboDirect Pro 12 side Newport Gwent Dragons as injury cover, from giving them a few home truths.

“To get a bonus point makes it look like it was a great performance and although I was delighted with the win, for large portions of the game we weren’t in it,” he said.

“I gave them a bit of a rocket at half time but the second half performance was great.

“We dominated territory and possession.

“Our defence was brilliant. They had plenty of the ball in the first half but they only scored one try and they never looked like scoring.

“It was a collective performance and it proves we have the strength in depth and a really good squad.

“We played similar at their place to how we played last weekend. They were leading at half-time and we ground them down in the second half and got the victory,” Bell added.

A prop crisis has given Bell food for thought as both Sam Winchcombe and Paul Price will miss this weekend with knee injuries.

Seb Merritt, meanwhile, is another who will miss out as he continues his recovery from a snapped biceps.

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